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Grammy countdown: Do the Jonas Brothers have best new artist locked up?

Grammy countdown: Best new artist

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The field at at glance:
The presence of last year's winner, Amy Winehouse, continues to be felt.

With Adele and Duffy, there's plenty of U.K.-bred retro soul amid the best new artist crop. While neither artist has the '60s-inspired theatricality as Winehouse -- although the bumping, keyboard-scorched groove of Duffy's "Mercy" comes close -- both are tapping into a vintage, Grammy-approved sound. Aside from Winehouse, a number of recent best new artist winners channel an old-school soul sound, from John Legend in 2006 to Alicia Keys in 2002 and even Norah Jones in 2003.

Adele and Duffy will compete with teen pop studs the Jonas Brothers, who are also booked to perform on the telecast, and another soul/R&B newcomer in Jazmine Sullivan. Sullivan, in fact, can probably even be lumped in with Duffy and Adele as an artist with a retro vibe.

The Philadelphia-based singer snared five Grammy noms, and was surely on the mind of voters toward the end of the year, as September release "Fearless" has been a steady seller (it's currently at No. 71 on the Billboard album chart). Sullivan has a bit more pop swing than her soul/R&B peers in the category, and even knows a thing or two about comedic timing -- check the deliriously lusty girl group bounce of "Switch."

Rounding out the field is the now annual country representative. Last year was pop queen Taylor Swift, the year prior was "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood and this year the title belongs to good-time country rock trio Lady Antebellum. Despite winning the like-minded field at the County Music Assn. Awards, don't expect the act to be much of a factor here, as the group doesn't have the crossover success or critical acclaim to take home the award.

That all sounds nice, but we may as well give the award to the Jonas Brothers, no?

Not quite, but JoBros should not be taken lightly, either. Despite their Disney-connections and participation in "Camp Rock" shenanigans, Disney has done a good of job of positioning the boys as the real deal. Additionally, the JoBros have managed to keep one foot in the teen pop world -- check the upcoming Disney Channel series "J.O.N.A.S." -- while still getting big boy gigs such as performing on the MTV Video Music Awards, not to mention the Grammys.

Finally, the kids surely scored some goodwill amidst Recording Academy voters when they gifted about $75,000 to the recently-opened Grammy Museum. While that won't buy the band the award, it further illustrates that they mean business when it comes to scoring a Grammy.

If anything hurts them, it's the fact that they were also superstars in 2007, and should have been nominated for this award last year. Additionally, Grammy voters may opt to bestow the prize upon an artist that the world takes just a little more seriously. As big as the JoBros are, there's a question of career staying power from anyone coming from the teen pop world, and Adele, Duffy and Sullivan are all safer long-term bets.

So the award goes to? Adele. There's some consensus that Adele and Duffy will split the votes, and a worthy argument can be made to support the theory. Additionally, Grammy voters certainly may want to shy away from giving the trophy to a British soul singer two years running.

If that's the case, it could -- emphasis on could -- open the field up for Sullivan. She's a deserving contender, but Pop & Hiss is still regarding her as a long-shot here. Sullivan just doesn't have the name yet to squeak past the JoBros, who have all over the media since nominations were announced (it wasn't Sullivan who got to perform a concert in the White House).

Adele, however, has made quite a case for herself the past few months. Since appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in October (the Sarah Palin episode), her album has been a hot seller. To date, she's sold 364,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with more than half of those coming after her "SNL" performance.

Adele, who has a sold-out gig in Los Angeles on Friday at the Wiltern, also isn't as tied to a '60s-inspired vibe her British contemporaries. She's adept at handling a stark, acoustic-driven song, and brings a more challenging, jazz-inspired phrasing to her vocals. She should win, and she likely will win.

-Todd Martens

Photo (top left): Adele / Associated Press

Photo (center): Jonas Brothers / EPA

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I wish they would give it to the Jonases.

They have plenty of old-school influences as well, but at least they reinterpret them with a (love it or hate it) signature sound and all the pop fixins.

And because they have such an influence on their young fanbase, they have had a deep impact on their interest in buying music by other artists they reference, both old and new...so their NARAS-related impact has tons of potential on several levels.

I enjoy Adele immensely, but it would be a sad joke if they just keeps shoving a Gramophone at whatever warbly female (and apparently preferably English) vocalist manages to feign a prior era to greatest effect. And keeps encouraging the false idea that only smooth R&B type vocals are the most acceptably "good" vocals of talented artists with viability. Lame. (Amy Winehouse certainly doesn't seem to be furthering that idea.)

Incidentally - the Jonas Brothers' genre-blending, semi-unplugged Nashville concert in early January benefited MusiCares, the NARAS foundation that helps feed/etc down and out music artists. They won't lose for lack of campaigning. So I'd say they are probably the savviest of this crop of nominees as well.

See - there are plenty of reasons to go against the dull Grammy grain and give it to them. Not that we should expect them to.

I am someone who thinks the Jonases' nomination alone was quite a surprise gift, and have low expectations for them at the ceremony....But now that I think of it...why can't we hear it for the boys, for a change?!

I definitely think that the Jonas Brothers should win the Grammy, but they won't, there are too many reasons to name that are against them =(

One of the main reasons why the Jonas Brothers won't win is that they aren't "proper material"; the Grammy committee is conservative, and giving the Grammy to the Jonas Brothers wouldn't fit the Grammy mold =(

I'm routing for Jonas Brothers. Their career exploded in 2008 and should definitely recieve some recognition, not to mention their music is very original and all around fantastic.

they were NOT superstars in 2007 , i heard about them last spring and actually checked them out in August, and the Jonas Brothers are real and talented. these other chicks are predictable grammy nods, and sorry to say are not worthy of being best new artist

The mere fact such manufactured Disney juggernaut ready and made for exploiting unaware kids are nominated makes the whole of Grammy's credibility watered out.
It's absolutely a shame that such "idols" are mentioned in a list that should praise songwriting efforts and vocal talent.
I know Grammy needs to establish themselves as "hip and young" to get telecast numbers, but to sell Grammy's credibility to stuff such Jonas Brothers is ridicolous, especially in a year where some real talent has been credited.
Jonas Brothers machine (read: Disney power) is trying hard to buy the nod (donations to Grammy Museum? PLEASE), but again, if they win, it will just be a proof Grammy are just like MTV related stuff: totally out of art touch, and in just for the money.
Music should be serious stuff. At least at Grammies.

i deffinatly think the jonas brothers should win. they are amazing and are just great artists:) there the best! i love them!

I think that the jobros should win the grammy.. yes there come from disney but a lot of disney stars have become very popular.. like britney or justin... they are very talented and also a well know magazine like Rolling Stone have ammitted that.... they deserve it!!!!!!!!!

i don't like the jonas brothers, really, if they wanna get a grammy they shouldn't be disney stars, cuz in my opinion (don't bash me out), disney sucks.

if they want a grammy they should break away from disney and play better music.

and what happened to any other bands out there, not just because they look good, getting a grammy. for example, Fall Out Boy? if they haven't.

people go crazy for the jonas brothers, probably just because they look good, if they win something then most likely its because of the million of people there and watching to gawk over the,. i agree about it mostly being about the money :(

PSH, THE JONAS BROTHERS GOT THIS!
I KNOW THEY'RE GONNA WIN<3
i'm so proud of them :']

I think they deserve it. They have come a really long way from almost not making it in the music industry because the company didn't believe in them to headlining their first World tour. They are such a great inspiration for kids and teens to follow their dreams and go for it and don't give up.
I really think they should win.

i personally think they deserve this award.
they worked so hard for this!
i mean they are probably the only "disneys" that are this famous.
they're BETTER than disney.
their albums have reached number one, and
their tour was a sold out sucess
they're lyrical geniouses
and completley sweet boys

plus i dont even know if those two girls are known enough, but knowing the grammies they'll be stupid and give it to one of those girls.

the jonas brothers are much more famous and much more loved
they deserve to win that award, and everbody knows it.

um, the jonas brothers DEFINETLY deserve that award!
they're an inspiration! they've sold out AROUND THE WORLD.
and who the heck are adele and duffy? im betting you half of these people never even heard of them (no offense)
but if the jonas brothers don't get the award,
its only 'cause those grammy people don't know them well enough.
i dont see adele and duffy being compared to the beatles.

enough said -.-

The Jonas Brothers should NOT win a grammy this year or any other year. Vocally, they do meet the talent of Adele, Duffy, or Jazmine. The Grammys are meant to honor the best in music and those with talent, not necessarily the ones with the most "fame." If they do win, I think the Grammys would lose a lot of credibility. While I do believe that the Jonas Brothers are a great inspiration for teens, their muscial talent does not meet or exceed the likes of The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandros, The Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Adele, Duffy, and the list continues. And to be honest, I don't believe they have much staying power without the "Disney Train" they are riding on. I actually love Disney, but they can do better than The Jonas Brothers.
I predict that they will NOT win and the award will go to Duffy or Adele!!!!!!!

Jazmine Sullivan deserves the award. She has the best voice, THE BEST ALBUM, she writes her own lyrics, and she's only 21. But oh well, if she doesn't win, she'll still have four other nominations :)

Jonas Brothers definitely deserve to win. They had an incredible year last year. As much as I love Disney, they are SO much more than that. And another thing people, they don't just appeal to young kids and teenagers, they aren't just a "tween" group, cuz I don't fit into either of those categories and i'm not a "tween" and I happen to LOVE them and their music. I'm not so sure what all these "reasons against them winning" may be, but that could be because there aren't any. They definitely deserve the award, but the question is will they win? Probably not unfortunatetly. Everyone is saying Adele or Duffy will win and they are probably right, but I for one am still pulling for The Jonas Brothers regardless. Also, I think, being the wonderful guys that they are, they will be just fine if they don't win and happy to even have been nominated. In fact, they will be happy and excited for whoever wins, I can promise you this.

So what can we do to sorta, kinda, possibly, maybe, help them win? Well i'd say just post as many message, comments, blogs, e-mails, etc suporting them and why they should win on any and every website that is talking about the Grammys and if possible on the Grammy website itself. Who knows who may be looking on the internet to see who is most popular or even just scoping out the fan bases. Let's show them our Jonas Pride, why we love them, and why they should vote Jonas to win!

JONAS BROTHERS FOR THE WIN!!!

As much as i love all the other artists I believe the jonas brothers should take it home. They were not as known in 2007 and have come such a long way. They are the type of artists that work day and night. I think they deserve it more than anyone. And some people might disagree, but they really are talented. For being so young they are great musicians. They play multiple insturments, write their own songs, and sing great live.
I really don't know who will win this one though. Hopefully the academy makes the right choice.

if the jonas won, the GRAMMYS WOULD DEFINITELY LOSE A LOT OF CREDITIBILITY. If they won, it was not because they deserve it, BUT BECAUSE THE VOTERS SPLIT THE VOTE BETWEEN DUFFY AND ADELE. BESIDES, THEY ARE THE LAST THAT DESERVE THAT AWARD IN THE CATEGORY. LADY ANTEBELLUM IS MORE TALENTED THAN THEM, VOCALLY AND MUSICALLY, BUT IT IS JUST THEIR RECORD LABEL DOESN'T HAVE THE SAME MARKETING STRATEGY LIKE WHAT DISNEY DOES TO THE JONAS. A LOT OF ARTISTS HAVE FROM A LOT WAY, I'T NOT JUST THE JONAS, WHO HAS RELEASED THREE ALBUMS, WHICH SHOULDN'T BE CONSIDERED NEW. IT'S THE CRITERIA SET UP BY THE GRAMMYS FOR THIS CATEGORYTHAT GRANTED THEM THIS NOMINATION!!

It must be the TWEEN WHO ARE LEAVING COMMENTS ON THE PAGE!

I think Adele should win .... many people compared her to Amy Winehouse, it's quite unfair to adele, really...since there is only one thing alike..probably they are both from UK..if last year, amy winehouse was the surprise , the gift for everybody...and people who vote for her last year...might regret this year when they see Adele....i like them both really...but to me ..amy is more like a attitude, ...but adele has something interesting in her own personality and voice. btw..she composed too.((chasing pavementd))..and for a 20 year old, who was signed when she doesnt know anything about the music business, not even heard of her record label. before she singned ....totally pure in mind with her sophisticated voice.....she needs this award, and she deserves it!!

2 Words: Go Duffy!

I couldn't agree more with the first comment.
Finially someone realizes that the Jonas Brothers aren't just "another Disney band."
If you think that, go watch some videos from recent shows in Hollywood and Nashville. They did TONS of covers, some even country. They're not just bubble gum pop. Yes, some of it is...like Burning up and S.O.S. But those are probably the only songs you've heard if you think they don't deserve to win.
If they don't win, I obviously won't be suprised. But if they do win, it'll be nice for them to finially get some recognition from the rest of the world.

Just because they're associated with Disney, doesn't mean they are your typical Disney band. Whether you realize that sooner or later, your choice..but someday, you'll see.

Okay. Wow.
I wrote a LONG comment about how the Jonas Brothers are not just another Disney band, and it's not showing up. :/
But basically, what I said at the end was someday all the haters will realize how talented they are. Whether it's now when they're still tied down to Disney, or later.
End of story. :)

Good luck, boys.
If you don't win, I won't be suprised.
But if you do, that will be a huge step in breaking away from what people see you as, the "teenie bopper band" stereotype.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys) still have credibility! Congratulations Adele!!!

Adele wins Best New Artist, OMG! What a joke the Grammys is turning into be. They couln't come up with anyone better? The Academy needs a reality check.

haha The Jonas Brothers are the Joke!
GO ADELE!


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